Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Remembering Mahatma Gandhi
Not just who killed Gandhi but why was Gandhi killed?
By Manuwant Choudhary
I have never visited Rajghat in New Delhi yet today I wish to pay my respects to Mahatma Gandhi who sacrificed his own life for our freedoms.
It is well known that Mahatma Gandhi was shot dead by a Hindu fanatic Nathuram Godse as he was on way to his prayer meeting at Birla Bhawan, New Delhi. And every year on this day politicians pay their routine floral tribute to the Mahatma and soon thereafter they get on with their business to loot this country.
Most just talk about `Who Killed Gandhi?', and not `Why was Gandhi killed?'
If you try and find answers to the second question then you will see its more difficult but let me say what if Gandhi was not killed? What would India be like today if Gandhi lived a few more years?
I would say very different.
I recall attending a presser many years ago of Sushila Nayar in Bombay. She was the sister of Pyarelal, Gandhi's secretary. She said soon after India's partition and independence Gandhi called upon his supporters to stay where they were and continue their work. Sushila herself was in the newly created Pakistan and according to her Gandhi planned to walk across the border into Pakistan.